ARGanoid's comedy page: the dregs

Here are some old short stories/sketches that I wrote when I was a teenager. The ones on this page are the dregs, relegated from the main comedy page due to their poor quality.

The tale of the pregnant arm (1995)

(In a doctors surgery)

Man: Doctor, it's my arm.

Doctor: It's very swollen. Do you have any idea of what's wrong with

Man: I think it's pregnant.

Doctor: What?

Man: My arm. It's pregnant.

Doctor: Don't be stupid, it's your arm. How can it be pregnant?

Man: I was hoping you could tell me that.

(The doctor gets a stethoscope and listens to the man's arm)

Doctor: Great scott! I can hear a heartbeat!

Man: There you go, then.

Doctor: Do you have any idea of how this could have happened?

Man: Well, it's been like this for a few months. It must have been
conceived around then.

Doctor: Are you human?

Man: I beg your pardon?

Doctor: Well, I saw this film where these aliens had their wombs in
their ears.

Man: I don't think I'm one of them.

Doctor: Then there must be a perfectly reasonable explaination. Are
you some kind of masochistic pervert, by any chance?

Man: Not last time I checked.

Doctor: What kind of things were you doing a few months ago? Didn't
you come to see me about something?

Man: Yes, I remember. I had a cold, and you suggested that I got

Doctor: (Coughs). Erm, yes, I did, didn't I? (He looks into the corner
of the room, where seven empty bottles of vodka are in the bin).

Man: It's amazing the things modern technology can do. I never knew
you could get vaccinated against colds.

Doctor: Um, yes, it's quite remarkable, isn't it? Did it work?

Man: Yes, my cold disappeared after about three days.

Doctor: And which room did you get the vaccination in?

Man: It was room 371, if I remember correctly.

Doctor: (Thinks: Oh no! Not room 371! Not the fertility treatment
What happened when you went in the room?

Man: There was nobody in there.

Doctor: NHS cuts.

Man: There was a needle thing on the side. I assumed it had the cold
vaccine in it.

Doctor: And where did you inject the contents into yourself?

Man: In the arm.

Doctor: The pregnant one?

Man: Yes. Do you know what's wrong?

Doctor: Well, I've got some good news and some bad news. The good
news: you will soon be the father of a little boy. The bad news: I
will also be his father.

Man: WHAT?

Doctor: NHS cuts. We can only afford to put the chromosomes of the
doctors into the banks. DIY fertility treatment.

Man: So you're the father of my child?

Doctor: Yes. And I demand full visiting rights.

Man: Well, you can't have them.

Doctor: I'll take you to court. I won't let you keep my little
Zachariah away from me.

Man: Zachariah? I'm going to call him Hurbert.

Doctor: You're bloody well not.

Man: You try and stop me, er, mate...

Doctor: You fancy your chances, pal?

Man: Wait! He just kicked!

Doctor: Aaaaaahhhh!

Man: Hellooowowowowoww, little Herbie Werbie!

Doctor: Zachie Wachie, you mean.

Man: Sod off.

Doctor: I wouldn't annoy me too much if I were you. You're very
vunerable. One little bash on that arm...

Man: You wouldn't...

Doctor: Hahahahahhahahahaaaaaaaaaaa!

Not to be continued...

The tale of the little boy who wanted to be a fighter pilot (1995?)

(In Santa's grotto)

Santa: Ho ho ho. And what would you like to be when you grow up,
little boy?
Boy: I want to be a fighter pilot.
Santa: Then I will grant your wish! At your funeral you will be
remembered as the greatest fighter pilot who ever lived!

Eighty years later...

Santa's son: We are here to remember Fred, the greatest fighter pilot
who ever lived.
Man: What are you talking about? He wasn't a fighter pilot.
Son: We must remember him as one.
Man: Why? He was an estate agent.
Son: Because if you don't I will ram red hot pokers up your bottoms.
Man: I remember now, he was a brilliant fighter pilot, wasn't he?

And so the boy's wish came true...

The paranoid father sketch (1997)

Man walks into a room, where his toddler child has just painted a

Man looks at picture, which has a big blobby stick figure in lurid
colours, with the word 'daddy' underneath.

Man: I don't look like that, you little bastard! You're trying to
undermine my authority with propaganda like this, etc, etc...

PRINTF.C (1997)

(Only C programmers will understand this joke...)

This is a parody of the help files of Microsoft Quick C, which attempt to teach you one simple command by listing a massive, stupidly complex program...

/* PRINTF.C illustrates wormholes. Functions illustrated include:
 *          scanf           printf          fflush
 * For other examples of wormholes, see Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
 * and DirectX 2.0

time_t main (int argc, char *argv)
	struct xcv_strct
		enum *f_posit;
		long double double_long;

		struct xcv_strct qpow_e;
		char ****pointer_world [0xB0110C5];
	} v;

	if (x++ >= *(printf ("1101110101110", *pa_s(s)) & 1)
		scanf ("%d$$$.x", &(ptr+*(e=mc2)));

	if (&argv+1 ? v.qpow_e.f_posit : 12.09997)


The Oprah Winfrey Show sketch (written 1995, aged ~17)

Oprah: Today we talk to psychotic serial killers who ate their
own parents with only orange juice to take the taste away.

(Woman in the audience stands up)

Woman: Ah believe that the constitooshun of the Youunaated Stayts of
Uhmericah should let these poor men walk free on the streets withaht
the maydiah haanding them all the tahm.

Oprah: First, we speak to this man here, Mr Lincton. You were the one
who ate his parents with orange juice.

Mr Lincton: That's raaaaaht.

Oprah: Are you some kind of insane psychopath? How could you do that?
Orange juice? That's no way to say goodbye! Why didn't you have wine
or champagne?

Woman in the audience: Ah think you're naht being fair on hiym.
(Everyone claps). He maht naht be able to afford wahn. (Everyone claps

Oprah: What did your parents taste like?

Mr Lincton: They were goddamn tough, gurhl, you know what ahm sayin'?

Oprah: Which one tasted better, your mahm or your paaahp?

Mr Lincton: The goddamn bitch, she was succ-u-luhnt.

Audience: Oooohh!

Oprah: What do you think, sir?

Man in audience: Ah think that mayahn should dah a harrabahl and
paynfahl dayath. He should be ripped to pieces bah mahsive lahns and
tahguhrs. (Everyone claps wildly)

Oprah: Surely that is cruel?

Man: If ah wuhr the Prehsidehnt, ah would mahke sure that he was
totally daehd.

Oprah: Well, we've got to leave it there. Tomorrow, we talk to
homosexual ninja monkeys from the planet Neptune.

The horoscope section of the Daily Lie (written ~1995, aged ~17)

Pisces: You may meet an interesting rhinoceros who will try to comfort
you. Hit him with a large mallet.

Sagittarius: Avoid the ground. Jupiter may influence you to buy some
new cutlery - stainless steel, preferably.

Aquarius: You don't know which way to turn for help. How about sixty
degrees left?

Gemini: It's time to make some serious decisions. The influence of
Pluto on Uranus signifies that you should think about getting
something done about your piles.

Aries: You are going to meet a tall, dark stranger. Unfortunately he's
holding a large gun. Run for it!

Leo: Financial constraints will be a major influence on your
decisions. Blah, blah, mystic forces, intervening of the planets and
all that bollocks.

Virgo: You're feeling exasperated, whatever that means. Try killing
someone. Your love life is about to take a turn for the better. (Not.
We just said that to try and cheer you up).

Libra: Beware of the dog. Unless, of course, it's a small Labrador, as
they're quite friendly actually. If attacked by any exploding
giraffes, consider taking less LSD.

Scorpio: You're at a turning point in your life. Everything is
becoming clear. WARNING: Do not eat any cornflakes - they may
exacerbate that alarming growth. Don't try to deny it - you know the
one we're talking about.

Cancer: Someone... with the initial 'm'.... and a red tie... will be
winning... a big priieieieze...

Taurus: Feel like your life is just going round and round in circles?
You need to let out the huge energies you've been keeping inside you.
Try not to explode too violently.

Capricorn: Mind the gap. Mind the gap. This train will be stopping at:
Upwey, Dorchester South, Wareham, Wool, Hamworthy, Poole, Bournemouth,
Brockenhurst, Southampton Central, Southampton Airport Parkway,
Winchester and London Waterloo. Estimated time arrival at London is
1700 hours. (Sound of someone sneezing).

Ophicuhus: You obviously don't believe in all this horoscope stuff, or
you wouldn't be reading this entry. Just don't try to spread your
views, or you may meet a psycho with an axe. You have been warned.
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